Originally Posted by El Burrito
Yep, that's what i wanted to find out.
When u guys use settings like dnice's do u just use them for blu-ray watching or everyday tv? I tried the dnice day setting on my 65gt50 and it looked just horrible. Overall I have to say that I am very disappointed with my purchase, the picture has absolutely no sharpness for example. The tv only looks good at night and with basically no lights on and fed with 1080p content.
I am very reluctant to put down another 400 bucks for a calibration, especially since it doesn't even have the vt's isf settings etc. I'm having a hard time telling the wifey already why we dumped so much money on that tv, she expected to be 'wowed' and so did I. Expected vibrant colors, crisp picture and somehow I feel like I got a cheap supermarket deal tv. For now I am still convinced the problem must be on my end since everybody seems to love their set.
Are there things that u would recommend I could do to improve the picture? I ran the slides the first like 80h and then watched only full screen content.
Give it time, and play around with the settings. I've went through Cnet's, Blackops', and HDmaster's settings and ended up customizing them to my liking.
What was your previous reference point in terms of TV's? Was it another plasma or an LCD or LED panel?
I can definitely relate to what you are saying. When I fired up my GT50 for the first time I noticed right away this was a much dimmer set than my 5yo Sony XBR4 LCD which is upstairs. I've also noticed the GT50's picture is much, much softer but that is both a good thing and a bad thing. The "bad" is when I watch my OTA channel broadcasts. I need to crank the sharpness setting on the GT50 up to the 70-80 range for it to "start" looking sharper. Then I'll go upstairs and watch the same channel on the XBR4 and it feels like I've put corrective eye glasses on. Now I've read somewhere on AVS that Sony may use a better built-in ATSC turner in their sets (who knows). I also have to take into account the seating distance from my 46" XBR4 is less than half the distance I sit from my 65" GT50. The picture on the big Panasonic does look better when I look at it from a reduced viewing distance. Moving along... this perceived/factual softness in picture on the GT50 seems to have contributed to an outstanding picture for my analog LD and VHS material. My LD's use to look so horrible on the XBR4 I was forced to disconnect and pack up the player. The moment I ran my Star Wars SE LD on the GT50 (on default THX Cinema mode) I was stunned at how smooth and cinematic the picture quality was. It honestly reminded me of how these discs use to look on my old 37" 4:3 Mitsubishi CRT picture tube. So this has been a very pleasant surprise. I'm so pleased with the analog source quality that I've more or less ended my search for a composite video scaler.
When it comes to BD content, as you have eluded to, the GT50 looks fantastic - and I agree: in the dark. I'd be curious to know where you have your GT50 set up in your home (main floor, basement; windows/no windows, etc?). I bought my GT50 for a more or less dedicated entertainment room for movies and sports where I have complete control of the lighting. With the lights off or dimmed when watching movies via BD or streamed via Viera Netflix app, the GT50 PQ is the best I have ever experienced. This plasma would lay waste to my LCD in a side by side comparison in that environment. When it comes to watching OTA hockey with the basement pot lights on full, I think I’ve found one (possibly two) customized settings that make the picture “stand out” almost
as much as I am use to seeing on my XBR4. Its still not quite as sharp as the LCD, but is a bit better (although not by much surprisingly) with regards to motion blur. I’d say my viewing enjoyment for hockey on either set/in either room is about even.
So from my own experiences, I find:
TV/OTA - LCD better
Hockey - draw
Analog LD/VHS - GT50 WAAAY better
BD/streaming movies - GT50 WAAAY better
I've been speaking to a very reputable Ontario ISF & THX calibrator and am planning on having him come over and tune my GT50. I'm quite excited to see what he can do. I'm confident b/c I know I have the panel set up in the right environment.